May is one of my favorite months to fish in NE Florida. Many of the migratory fish have arrived, including King and Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and ladyfish. While not good to eat, jacks and ladyfish are lots of fun to catch. Cobia have already shown up along our coast, and many have already been caught. Every day boats are cruising the beaches looking for manta rays and the flotillas of cobia that often escort them. Schools of menhaden, locally called pogies, are moving up the coast. Tarpon, sharks, bull reds, jacks, and barracuda will be feasting on them as they migrate north.
Blacktip and spinner sharks are behind the shrimp boats. They put up a great fight jumping and spinning, and will test both your tackle and your stamina!
Redfish are still biting at the big and little jetties. Some big black drum are still in the inlets and deep river. Speckled trout are showing up in the creeks, and should be hitting artificials early and late in all area waters. Occasionally heavy weight bluefish over 10 pounds show up at the jetties, and provide lots of fun on top water plugs. Smaller blues are spread throughout area waters.
Dredging in the St. Johns River has adversely affected the fishing and made finding clear water difficult. However, fishermen are learning to deal with this situation.
CAPT Bob Cosby